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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did things like agriculture and writing develop?
(a) Western Europe
(b) North America
(c) Warm climates
(d) The Arctic Circle

2. One argument that people have made is that what stimulated development in Western Europe?
(a) The absence of germs
(b) The amount of sunlight
(c) The cold climate
(d) The availability of metals

3. Diamond argues that wealth and power are distributed unevenly because what developed at different times?
(a) Agriculture and education
(b) Technology and metal tools.
(c) Agriculture and metal tools
(d) Technology and education

4. What is not one of the eight "founder" crops that started in the Fertile Crescent?
(a) Flax
(b) Chickpea
(c) Rice
(d) Emmer wheat

5. The axis of a continent does not affect the spread of what?
(a) Esteem
(b) Technologies
(c) Crops
(d) Animals

Short Answer Questions

1. What slows the spread of domesticated plants?

2. Some people have argued that those living in warm, humid climates were inhibited in their development by what?

3. Plants like olives, figs and dates were domesticated around what time?

4. Why was the first occupation of Australia important?

5. How did the Moriori avoid conflict?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the domestication of animals give some societies an advantage?

2. What are some areas where food production didn't develop early on but the environment is ecologically suited to food production?

3. Why does Diamond argue that wealth and power are distributed unevenly across the globe?

4. How do inventions spread between societies?

5. Where did writing develop and what was it like?

6. What are the four linguistic families found in China?

7. What advantages did the Spanish have over the Incas?

8. How are seeds dispersed?

9. Why are the societies of Asia and the Pacific important according to Diamond?

10. Did hunter-gatherers adopt the crops and agriculture from neighboring groups or did invaders bring with them the knowledge and crops?

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